At the end of last week, multiple media outlets suggested that Arsenal might have joined the list of suitors for Brooklyn born Canadian International. Jonathan David. There do seem to be many conflicting reports with the young Gent hitman being linked to several Premier League clubs, including Man United and Everton, as well as Spanish giants Barcelona and others, whilst his agent has intimated that the Bundesliga might be his player’s next destination.
Despite David’s prolific form during this campaign, not only in the Juplier Belgium League, but also crucially in the Europa League, his signing for a top Premier League side might still be seen as a gamble. In all competitions the 20-year-old has 23 goals and 10 assists in 40 outings, which are stunning ratios, but this has to be balanced with the fact that these are in a secondary league and Europe’s second tier competition.
Arsenal may be able to provide Mikel Arteta with some funds, whenever the seasons is concluded and the transfer window opens, but realistically, we have to expect that extra funds will need to be generated with player sales. If the Spaniard is forced to sell one or both of Aubameyang and Lacazette, despite having Martinelli and Nketia he will almost certainly look to strengthen his attack. The question is, would adding another youngster, despite David having played regularly for two seasons in Belgian, be sensible?
I feel the answer might depend on whether both the current senior strikers leave or just one. If one of Aubameyang or Lacazette stays, then having hungry, talented youngsters vying for game time alongside a senior pro might be appealing to Arteta. More so perhaps, as like Martinelli, David seems equally comfortable anywhere across the front line and – like the Brazilian – is adept at creating as well as converting chances.
David, in a recent interview with the Guardian, revealed that ultimately Barcelona is his dream club – but if he is to move this summer, he would only step up from Gent if he knew he would still be playing week-in, week-out. He also strongly hinted that the Premier League was attractive to him, as he looks to grow and evolve his game and truly test himself.
Personally, I think that Arsenal are interested in Jonathan David, who has 11 goals in his first 12 internationals for Canada – and the price range and slight gamble is where we are as a club. However, since the links last week, the news that the Belgium Jupiler league wishes to conclude may not favour Arsenal. It will depend on UEFA, who are not accepting the decision, but David’s goals have fired Gent second and if the customary play-offs cannot occur, his club might be in a position to offer him a Champions League platform, which is not likely at Arsenal.
Enjoy David’s goals and assists here:
Passionate fifty-something Arsenal supporter who has been making the journey to N5 regularly since the early 1980s – although his first game was in 1976. Always passionate when talking about The Arsenal, Dave decided to send a guest blog to Gunnersphere in the summer of 2011 and has not stopped writing about the Gunners since.
He set up his own site – 1 Nil Down 2 One Up – in February 2012, which he moved on in 2016 to concentrate on freelance writing and building Gunners Town, which he launched with Paul in 2014.
The objective of GT was to be new and fresh and to give a platform for likeminded passionate Arsenal fans wishing to write about their team. Dave still of course, writes for the site himself and advises the ever-changing writing crew.